This Side Up (Colored Vinyl Reissue)
Released on June 29, 2010
Baileys Crossroads, VA lays just a few miles outside of Washington DC, but in the 80s it was far enough to make
it seem like a different world. However, the Virginia suburbs suddenly stepped up with the formation of Scream
in the spring of 1981. Like most of the early harDCore bands, Scream had been extremely influenced by the
Bad Brains, but they seemed to be more advanced musicians and had more of a rock and roll sensibility than
the other bands in the punk scene. In 1982, they went into Inner Ear Studio with Ian MacKaye (Minor Threat)
and Eddie Janney (Faith) to record Dischord's first full length album, “Still Screaming”. Scream went on to
record four more full-length albums, their last two with a young Dave Grohl taking over for Kent Stax on drums.
Scream toured more than any Dischord band other than Fugazi and was one of the first American punk bands to
establish the DIY tour routes through Europe that are still used today.
“This Side Up”, Scream’s second full-length, was recorded during two recording sessions in 1984. The first session
was produced by Dr. Know (Bad Brains) and Joey Pea. The second session was produced by Ian MacKaye
and features the debut of Robert “Harley” Davidson on second guitar. The album was originally released on LP
in 1985 as a split venture between Dischord Records and the Rough Trade imprint, Sixth International Records.
“This Side Up”, grouped with “Still Screaming”, has remained available on CD through the years, but the vinyl
fell out of print long ago. This re-issued vinyl edition is being made available on colored vinyl, features a new silver
album cover with updated graphics, and comes with a free MP3 download coupon.